Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Brave One


Warning... Spoilers below...


Looking at Jodie Foster on the big screen, I noticed a few things.


First, you look into her eyes and you see that precocious little girl who tormented Brandon Cruz on “The Courtship of Eddie's Father.”


Second, the close-ups on the 40-foot screen emphasizes the lines and crows feet that let you know that Jodie is no longer the little girl many of us grew up with.


Third, you see the brief nudity that lets you know that Jodie is still ship shape and Bristol fashion.


Finally, you see her unique talent as she takes the material to higher levels than any other actor might have.


I looked at the similarities between this film and its predecessor, “Death Wish.”


Death Wish (and its plenteous sequels) was pure macho... Chuck's wife was dead and his daughter catatonic from the horror of being raped. Chuck had some emotional investment in his character, but Jodie recreates the genre in amazing ways.


In The Brave One, a woman is not only violated but loses her beloved fiance and her dog.


Yes... loss of the dog was a critical plot point.


The emotional journey that Jodie's character travels, combined by the powerful (but brief) expository provided by Naveen Andrews... and of course the awesome support by Terrence Howard... makes this a must-see film.

I can’t wait for the sequel.

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